CFP: Raw Materials Exploitation in Prehistory: Sourcing, Processing and Distribution (Portugal) — March 10-12, 2016

We would like to call your attention to the congress: “Raw materials exploitation in Prehistory: Sourcing, processing and distribution”, to be held at the University of Algarve (Portugal) between the 10th and 12th March 2016.

Topics are open to a diversity of issues, but we would like to give preference to high-resolution methods such as PIXE, XRF, EDS, mass spectrometry or other, because they give measurable data, progressively reducing the sometimes highly-criticized subjectivity of the available data;  something which has been giving increased importance to archaeology and anthropology in the 21st Century. Applications of such methods to different inorganic materials (lithics, ceramics, metals, glass, beads, colorants, etc.) are welcome. Moreover, works emphasizing integration of results obtained on different subjects will be prioritized.

Did you have frustrating results? Great! Come to Faro and show them; they will be crucial to discuss field and laboratory protocols along with applicability, ranges and limits of these methods.

Please take a look to our website:

The coordinators,

Telmo Pereira (UAlg, Portugal) –
Xavier Terradas (CSIC-IMF – Barcelona, Spain) –
Nuno Bicho (UAlg, Portugal) –